Researching the South African tourism and development nexus

Gustav Visser, Christian M. Rogerson

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Under apartheid, tourism was essentially anti-developmental in focus and tourism research largely centred on the recreation of white South Africans. Since the 1994 democratic transition tourism has become recognised as an increasingly important sector for South Africa's economy and for achieving the government's goals for reconstruction and development. In this paper a review and critical analysis is presented of the changing directions and foci of tourism scholarship in South Africa. It is shown that South African scholars are beginning to respond to the challenges posed by tourism as a developmental focus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-215
Number of pages15
JournalGeo Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • South Africa
  • local economic development
  • nature-based tourism
  • pro-poor tourism
  • responsible tourism
  • spatial restructuring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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